ERIC Number: ED449940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Cultural Considerations in Providing Chemical Dependency Treatment for Latinas in Southern California.
Harris, Elizabeth; Castillo, Paula; Van Fleet, Peggie; Laydon, Abraham J.
La Casita is a culturally relevant 6-month residential substance abuse treatment program in southeast Los Angeles County (California) for low income Latina women. Most participants are second and third generation Latinas who clearly identify themselves as being Hispanic but behave in a bicultural manner. The average La Casita resident is 30 years old and has 2.5 children. Latino values form the cornerstone of programming at La Casita, with familismo, a strong identification with and attachment to the extended family, being central. Other values include collectivism and reciprocity, lineality and "Power Distance" (social support of power differentials), simpatia, and present-time orientation. The La Casita program is based both on the traditional Social Model and 12-Step approaches to residential treatment and on Latino values, which are highly consistent with traditional chemical dependency treatment programming. Women are screened for parenting stress upon entering and identified for parenting interventions when appropriate. Women are assessed upon entering the program, exiting the program, and 6 months and 1 year following exit. Approximately half the women who enter La Casita graduate. Parenting stress is the major factor in leaving. Fifty-eight women have graduated from the program; of these, 80 percent were clean and sober 12 months following graduation. Two appendices depict percentages of La Casita graduates clean and sober, and ratio of program completers to dropouts, transfers, discharges, and those who could not reunify with their child. English and Spanish versions of a measure of individual risk and protective factors for recovering Latina mothers are included. (Contains 18 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Alcohol Abuse, Clinics, Cultural Relevance, Drug Addiction, Drug Rehabilitation, Family Programs, Family Relationship, Females, Hispanic American Culture, Hispanic Americans, Outcomes of Treatment, Parent Education, Program Descriptions, Residential Programs, Social Support Groups, Values
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: California